The Health Risks of Vaping

There is a lack of understanding surrounding the health risks of vaping. Researchers are still actively seeking to understand exactly how harmful vaping is—but more than enough evidence now shows that it introduces major health risks. Recent studies have found that harmful substances found in many vaping products could increase your chances of serious health concerns like heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and addiction, especially among teens.

Here’s what parents should tell kids before the school year begins

Preparing kids for school takes more than vaccines and backpacks. Bullying and technology look different than they did a few decades ago, and the Internet has ushered in a new age of misinformation and anxiety. From Head Start to high school and college, kids need help navigating complex social and safety issues — ideally, before they happen. Here are some things that experts say parents should be thinking about as their kids and teens head back to school.

How to Transition Your Family’s Schedule from Summer to School Mode

One of the toughest parts of back-to-school season is trading in the light, lazy days of summer for a school year schedule wound tight. With school comes stricter wake-up times, packed schedules and overloaded backpacks — not to mention a whole host of new rules and obligations and expectations to juggle. Such a big change can be really jarring for kids and their parents. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible for your whole family.

Personal Chefs: How Much Do They Cost – And Are They Worth It?

Americans devote an average of 37 minutes a day preparing, serving and cleaning up after their meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number creeps up to 44 minutes a day for families with kids, totaling more than 267 hours a year spent in the kitchen. For many households, hiring a personal chef to gain back some of that time can feel like a pipe dream — but it might not be as expensive as you think.

Adult Day Care: What It Is and How to Choose a Center

The decision to seek outside care for a parent or grandparent is a deeply personal — and often difficult — one to make. Every family must weigh the pros and cons of different senior support services to determine what might work best for them. Adult day care centers (also referred to as senior day care facilities) can be a great option for families looking for a safe place for their loved one to spend time during the day, or for active seniors who thrive in more social settings.

What Are ADLs and IADLs and How Are They Assessed?

Deciding when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one can be tough for many families. Independence is a hard thing to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. Activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can be helpful in assessing whether seniors can or should continue living on their own, or if some assistance might be needed. In some cases, insurance companies, including Medicaid, might also want to do an ADL or IADL assessme

Deep Cleaning Your House: A Room-by-Room Guide

Homes can go through a lot of wear and tear — especially after a busy winter. Keeping up with laundry, dishes, and vacuuming from one week to the next can go a long way to maintaining a tidy house, but once a year, it’s a good idea to dive in and scrub those spaces that might be neglected during routine cleaning. Give your living space a little extra love by following this room-by-room checklist on how to deep clean your home this spring or throughout the year.

10 Kid-Friendly Hike and Bike Trails in the Houston Area

Houston might be known for its massive highways, huge refineries, and sprawling construction, but the area is also home to tons of green spaces. Its hundreds of acres of parks, nature centers, and waterways offer a wide variety of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family, and riding or walking down one of the area’s hike and bike trails is an especially great way for parents, babysitters, and nannies to get kids outside for a little fresh air and exercise.

10 Spots to Take Outdoor Family Photos in Houston

In the crazy whirlwind that is life with young kids, having those precious moments frozen in time is a treasure. Thankfully, Houston’s warm weather and plentiful green spaces provide lots of opportunities for good, old-fashioned family photos. Whether it’s for a maternity shoot, newborn announcements, cake smashes, holiday cards, or just because, here are 10 great places in the Houston area for family photo shoots.

10 Best Houston-Area Playgrounds for Babies and Toddlers

With a rambunctious toddler and a baby girl trying to keep up, our house can get a little crazy. No matter how many couch-cushion obstacle courses I build or hallway races I time, there’s just no substitute for a little fresh air. We’ve scoured the city in search of baby-friendly parks and play spaces where our kids can let off a little energy while staying safe, and these 10 area play spaces are perfect for babies and toddlers.
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